Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Alexa will tell you when it has done its homework

Alexa isn’t the shopping behemoth Amazon hoped it would Alexa will tell you when it has done its homework
Emmett Howard | 09 August, 2018, 07:16

"The Alexa service is getting smarter every day, and Answer Updates is just another way we're continuing to expand Alexa's Knowledge Graph", an Amazon spokesperson told the site. But now, the virtual assistant can remember questions it can't answer, and get back to you later if it finds an appropriate response. The notification will come on the device if you've enabled the feature, according to TechCrunch.

This is an optional feature that is not enabled by default. The new feature in Amazon Alexa will notify users when the voice assistant learns the answer to questions it didn't previously know.

This update means there'll be a new answer to questions, with the speaker now fobbing you off by saying it'll notify you should it ever work out the answer.

Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave
Meanwhile, Israeli firefighters battled two fires caused by gas balloons that exploded when the homes were hit by rocket fire. Israeli media reported several residents of Sderot and other border towns were wounded by rocket fire.

Fix PUBG Campaign Launches To Address Problems As Developer Issues Roadmap
The initiative casts its net wide as it targets performance, matchmaking, bug fixes , quality of life improvements and more. PUBG Corp doesn't indicate how long the campaign will last, but does promise transparency for the duration.

China to hit United States with tariffs on USA imports worth $17bn
The US is also considering further tariffs on another $200bn worth of Chinese goods which could come into effect in September. China, however, would run out of US imports to levy, as it bought only $130 billion worth of American goods a year ago .

As spotted by Voicebox, Amazon is rolling out a feature called Answer Update on Alexa devices over the next week. I was able to opt in to the feature with an Amazon Echo Spot here at the office by asking Alexa to "turn on Answer Update". The feature allows Alexa to notify you when she finally has the answer to a question that she couldn't answer at first blush.

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